No Going Back On Implementation Of UNEP Report — FG
Amina Muhammed and celestine Akpobari
The Federal Government has said there is no going back in its efforts to ensure the full implementation of the report of the United Nations EnvironmentProgramme (UNEP) on Ogoni environment and other parts of the Niger Delta region
The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, disclosed this while speaking at an interactive session with stakeholders in Ogoni at the Peace and Freedom Centre, Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area of Rivers State.
Mohammed assured that in a forth night, President Muhammadu Buhari, would be in Bori, the traditional headquarters of Ogoniland for the launching of the implementation of the programme.
In his speech at the event, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Rivers South East senatorial district for the re-run elections, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, enjoined Ogoni people to sink their differences and unite to ensure the implementation of the UNEP report.
Abe stated that achieving the implementation of the report required all hands on deck to encourage President Buhari to accomplish the task of realizing the cleanup of Ogoni land.
He appealed to every Ogoni not to indulge in any form of violence, rancour or conflict at this period that a good thing was about to happen in the area, rather should pull their efforts to welcome the process of the implementation.
The former Secretary to the Rivers State Government, who assured the Ogoni that whether voted as their senator or not, as a true son of the soil, he would within his ambits commit himself to realizing this once in a lifetime project, urged other Ogoni leaders to also make such vows in the interest of the people without political consideration.
Reacting to the speech of Senator Olaka Nwogu that the money allocated for the cleanup was not adequately captured in the budget; Abe said that such was not a serious challenge.
Earlier in his address, the President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Legborsi Pyagbara conveyed the deepest appreciation of Ogoni people to Buhari for his renewed interest and commitment to addressing the environmental nightmare in Ogoniland.